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- n. A trap for catching hunting birds, consisting of a cage with bait and a slip noose.
Dmytryk's group had been using a trap called a bal-chatri, a trap made of wire mesh, to try to catch the injured hawk.
When the hawk lands on the bal-chatri and tries unsuccessfully to grab the bait, its feet tangle in the nooses.
You can make a bal-chatri from slats of cane, hardware cloth, or kitchen wire—for a small bird like a kestrel, even a kitchen strainer will do.